Nicolaus Copernicus Polish-German Research Award
The Copernicus Award is donated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). It awards outstanding achievements in German-Polish cooperation in all fields of science and the humanities.
The purpose of the award is to give a distinction to the individuals most active in Polish-German scientific cooperation who have made exceptional research achievements as a result of that cooperation.
Candidates are academics who have at least a doctoral degree, work at a public university and/or a research institution in Germany or any entity belonging to the higher education and science system in Poland.
Candidates shall lead a research team at a Polish or German research institution, and be engaged in ongoing research projects.
Candidates are expected to have rendered outstanding services to Polish-German research cooperation by bringing together complementary skills, expertise, and resources in order to jointly address research problems. The results of such cooperation should be of significant relevance for the respective research community and have future potential to open up new perspectives in the respective research field or also beyond.
Nominations of female researchers are encouraged.
The award is granted on the basis of an open competition that invites nominations from all fields of science and the humanities.
The value of the award is 200 000 euro (100 000 euro for each of two recipients). An award-winner from Poland receives:
- 20 000 euro as an individual prize,
- 80 000 euro as a subsidy part of the award.
Candidates may be nominated by researchers holding a doctoral degree who are working at universities and/or research institutions in Germany and Poland. Self-nominations shall be considered.
Nominations shall be submitted in English according to instructions published on the DFG’s or FNP’s websites.
Award winners are selected by a Jury appointed jointly by DFG and FNP. The Jury consists of six permanent jury members.
- Prof. Immo Fritsche [Institute of Psychology, Leipzig University]
- Prof. Agnieszka Halemba [Centre for Ethnology and Modern Anthropology, Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
- Prof. Paweł Idziak [Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Jagiellonian University]
- Prof. Marek Samoć [Faculty of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Science and Technology]
- Prof. Justyna Wolinska [Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin]
- Prof. Ursula Wurstbauer [Institute of Physics, University of Münster]
In order to cover all fields of science and the humanities represented by the candidates, up to four associate jury members may additionally be appointed.
CALL CLOSING DATE
The deadline for the submission of nominations is 20 July 2021.
Upcoming calls for proposals
The award is granted once every two years. Next call will be announced in the second half of 2023.
The award is a joint venture of the Foundation for Polish Science and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
- The first competition took place in 2006, and the COPERNICUS award ceremony was held on 2 May 2006 in Max Liebermann Haus in Berlin.
- The second edition of the competition took place in 2008. The award ceremony was held on 14 May 2008 in the Old Orangerie (Łazienki Park in Warsaw).
- The third edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2010. The award was conferred on 10 May 2010 in Berlin, in the Leibniz Hall of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- The fourth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2012. The award was conferred on 17 September 2012 in Warsaw, in the Palace on the Isle in Royal Lazienki.
- The fifth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2014. The award was conferred on 10 September 2014 in Berlin, in the Leibniz Hall of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
- The sixth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2016. The award was conferred on 7 June 2016 in Warsaw, in the Palace on the Isle in Royal Lazienki.
- The seventh edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2018. The award was conferred on 25 November 2018 at the Charité Museum of Medical History in Berlin.
- The eighth edition of the competition in 2020. Due to the epidemic situation, the award ceremony will take place in 2022.
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